File:StateLibQld 1 165995 Ithaca influenza epidemic workers, July 1919.jpg|thumb|Ithaca influenza epidemic workers, July 1919, Queensland, Australia.
File:CI boardwalk Sandy sweepers jeh.jpg|thumb|Volunteers sweep the boardwalk in Brooklyn after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.
'''Volunteering''' is generally considered an altruistic
activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life
. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine
, or Emergency service|emergency rescue
. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.